Following in the footsteps of NBC’s “Peter Pan: Live,” FOX has announced “Dancing With the Stars” judge Julianne Hough and “High School Musical” star Vanessa Hudgens are set to star in “Grease: Live.”
The two will play Sandy and Rizzo in the live musical event for the network being produced by Marc Platt (“Into The Woods”). “Grease: Live” will be a live television production of “Grease” that will provide a new take on the classic musical for a new generation.
“‘Grease’ is one of the movies that made me want to be an entertainer, and I have literally been waiting my whole life to play Sandy,” Hough says in a statement. “My siblings and I watched it and played it out over and over when we were kids. This is my dream role and performing it live on television will be one of the most thrilling opportunities I’ve had in my career so far.”
Adds Hudgens, “Being Rizzo is something I’ve never imagined, and I love that because it will be a new challenge. She is such an iconic character that continues to transcend generations. I cannot wait to bring her to life on live television. I’m going to be a Pink Lady!”
“Grease: Live” is set to air January 31, 2016 on FOX.